Valley Spots in Wakayama Area

  • Nachi Waterfall (Hiro Jinja Shrine)
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Nachisan
    This betsugu (associated shrine) of Kumano Nachi Taisha honors the deity of the Nachi-no-Taki waterfall. Boasting Japan’s largest uninterrupted drop of 133 meters, the waterfall is 13 meters wide and has a plunge basin with a depth of 10 meters. It is lit up a night during New Year’s Eve and is one of Japan’s top three waterfalls. Close to the waterfall is a viewing area where visitors can drink water from the plunge basin which is said to be water for longevity.
  • Tamagawa-kyo Gorge
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    Wakayama Pref. Hashimotoshi Kitayadori
    "This gorge is located upstream on the Nyu River at the foot of Mt. Koya. It is a scenic spot where there are a series of spectacular rock formations called the ""48 rocks of Tamagawa"" including such as Kameiwa (turtle rock) and Sarutobiiwa (flying monkey rock), as well as waterfalls such as Goko Falls and Shiraito Falls. The area is covered with forests and you can enjoy the scenery throughout the four seasons. It is popular for its hiking course and as a campsite with cherry blossoms and fresh greenery in the spring, dipping in and fishing in the clear streams where there are sweetfish and fireflies in the summer, and the colorful autumn leaves of trees such as maple and Japanese sumac in the autumn. A fishing ticket is required when fishing for sweetfish or dwarf rill trout."
  • Kizetsukyo Gorge
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    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Kamiakidu
    This gorge, located at the upper end of Aizu River that runs through the center of Tanabe City is dotted with magnificent and unusually shaped boulders. It is well loved for its beautiful foliage in the autumn, and its fresh green foliage in the spring. The famous Waterfall of Akagi, (where the Fudo deity is enshrined), and the cliffs far above the falls where Magai Buddha is engraved is a sight to see.
  • Hyakkenzan-keikoku Valley
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    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Iya
    Along three kilometers of this valley, there are many nature spots to visit. Out of the 20 Scenic Sites in Kii, Hyakkenzan-keikoku Valley has been voted the No. 1 favorite sight to see. In additional to the various large and small waterfalls, there is a natural tunnel formation in the original growth forest. It is a nature location that one never tires of visiting. There are 2 hiking courses, suited to your stamina level, affording one a choice. In May, Koinobori carp windsocks are flow across valley, along with a fishing tournament and many other events.
  • Dorokyo Gorge
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    Wakayama
    This massive gorge straddling the borders of Nara Prefecture, Mie Prefecture, and Wakayama Prefecture in Yoshino-Kumano National Park has been designated as a National Special Place of Scenic Beauty. The gorge is divided into two parts, Kamidoro and Shimodoro, at the upstream of the Kitayama River. The downmost part of Shimodoro, also known as Dorohaccho, has a particular majestic beauty thanks to the boulders and unusual rock formations that line it. The two-hour jet boat cruises (round-trip) are an especially popular attraction. Passengers can enjoy the deep and mystical cobalt blue water , its rugged sheer cliffs, and its magnificent boulders.
  • Takinohai
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    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Kozagawa Cho Kogawa
    This place is located approximately a 30-minute drive from the JR Koza Station. It is situated in a stream that is a tributary of Koza River, and the ground, pocked with holes of varying sizes extends for around 200 meters. The holes were formed by flowing water and small stones, and there is a waterfall in the middle. Although it is not a very high waterfall, the water glides along the sharp edges of the rocks, giving it power and momentum. A few patterns of the Takinohaitarou folktale remain, and every year in July, Bouzuhaze goby and Yoshinobori goby fish can be seen swimming up the rocks. The basin of the waterfall is a popular spot for fishermen who are looking to catch sweetfish.
  • Kozagawa Valley
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    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Kozagawacho
  • Dorohatcho
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    Wakayama
  • Oto Valley
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    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Hongucho Shizukawa
  • Wadagawakai
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    Wakayama Pref. Shingushi Kumanogawachounehata
  • Daruma Ishi Valley
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    Wakayama Kaiso-gun Kiminocho Takinogawa
  • Kishigawa Line
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    Wakayama Kinokawa Kishigawacho Inokuchi
  • Hayatsuki Valley
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    Wakayama Arida-gun Aridagawacho
  • Aridagunaridagawa akiekai
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    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunaridagawachou Surigawa
  • Komoritani Valley
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    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Ryujinmura
  • Hiro Sedani Valley
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    Wakayama Nishimuro-gun Susamicho
  • Seiryu Kogawa
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    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Kozagawa Cho Kogawa
  • Nanairokyo
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    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun
  • Oku Doro Valley
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    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Kitayama Mura Komatsu
  • Aridagunaridagawa Akie line
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    Wakayama Prefecture Arita-gun Aridagawa, Wakayama

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Wakayama prefecture unites pilgrims, food lovers, and culture buffs in a tranquil corner of Japan at the base of the Kii Peninsula. The setting for many a Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, Wakayama invites those in search of spirituality from one side of the prefecture to the other, from the 100-plus Buddhist temples of the sacred Mount Koya in the west to the inspiring temples of the Kumano Sanzan set among breathtaking nature in the east. Once the grueling hike is complete, make a beeline for Wakayama city to savor some of the country's most delicious ramen noodles.

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